From creating a grand “Entrance to the Bear World” to building much-needed new recreation amenities, the Jobs Creation Partnership (JCP) Project is making a difference in Gold Rush/Spirit Trails communities.
This $400,000 initiative is the result of a partnership between NPTGS, First Nations, community groups and government. Corridor residents are gaining valuable skills training while working on the project.
This multifaceted project has four components. One is working with the Fishing Highway 24 Tourist Association and other partners to create an outdoor recreational destination at the Ice Caves on Bridge Lake. The area is known to the local First Nations as the “Entrance to the Bear World.” The JCP Crew are building 2.5 km of trail, a parking lot and other facilities to create a unique, family-friendly heritage area that incorporates fitness and recreation components.
The Recreation Sites and Trails component of the project will see dozens of much-needed amenities like outhouses and picnic tables built and installed in provincial sites. And log buildings and other recreational facilities are being constructed during the Canim Lake First Nation phase.
The New Pathways to Gold Society, Canim Lake First Nation (Tsq’escenemc), Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail Regional Management Committee, Government of Canada, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (Recreation Sites and Trails Branch) and the Province of British Columbia are JCP Project partners. The Jobs Creation Partnership Program is administered by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.
JCP Project Facts
- The JCP Project is providing much-needed amenities for the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail, including four warming huts
- Some 30 outhouses and 70 picnic tables will be built and installed during the Recreation Sites and Trails phase
- The Canim Lake First Nation is seeing the construction of a washroom complex, pow-wow arbor, ball field dugout and other amenities
- A 2.5 km low-mobility trail, parking lot and facilities like bear proof waste containers, picnic tables/benches and outhouses are part of the improvements to the Ice Caves on Bridge Lake, south of 100 Mile House
- During JCP Project, participants will gain valuable work experience and training in general construction, log building, road work/trail building and worker safety programs like Bear Aware.